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The Dragon of Wantley [Paperback]

Owen Wister

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23 Aug 2012
Excerpt: ...cannot unlock thee," Father Anselm said, with much art slipping Elaine into the discourse. Geoffrey glared at the Abbot, who now hoped to lay a trap for him by means of his temper. So he went further in the same direction. "Her words are vainer than most women's," he said; "though a lover would trust in them, of course." The knight swelled in his rage, and might have made I know not what unsafe rejoinder; but the cords that Elaine had wound about him naturally 117 tightened as he puffed out, and seemed by their pressure to check his speech and bid him be wary. So he changed his note, and said haughtily, "Because thy cowl and thy gown shield thee, presume not to speak of one whose cause I took up in thy presence, and who is as high above thee in truth as she is in every other quality and virtue." "This callow talk, my son," said the Abbot quietly, "wearies me much. Lay thee down and sleep thy sulks off, if thou art able." Upon this, he turned away to the closet where hung the brass keys, and opened the door a-crack. He saw the hide of the crocodile leaning against it, and the overturned cups. "Just as that boy Hubert packed them," he thought to himself in satisfaction; "no one has been prying here. I flatter myself upon a skilful morning's work. I have knocked the legend out of the Baron's head. He'll see to it the girl keeps away. And as for yon impudent witling in the cage, we shall transport him beyond the seas, if convenient; if not, a knife in his gullet will make him forget the Dragon of Wantley. Truly, I am master of the situation!" And as his self-esteem grew, the 118 Grand Marshal rubbed his hands, and went out of the hall, too much pleased with himself to notice certain little drops of wine dotted here and there close by the closet, and not yet quite dry, which, had his eye fallen upon them, might have set him a-thinking. So...

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  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (23 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1153797879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1153797870
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 0.2 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas treasure 25 Sep 2012
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This undiscovered gem of a book has been a Christmastime staple in my family since 1902. Owen Wister is best known for The Virginian, but he makes a major departure from that genre for this book. Set in 13th century England, The Dragon of Wantley is, in Wister's own words, a burlesque. He freely mixes charming anachronisms into his medieval setting. If possible, find the Fourth Edition, which includes several amusing additions, in which Wister takes on some of his literary critics.

I have now bought 5 copies of this book, as well as the one I inherited from my father. Buy it, treasure it and pass it along. Some day, I hope, the BBC will make a film version of it. Read it, and see if you agree that Brian Blessed was born to play the Lord of Wantley Manor.
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